Welcome to the Bay Area Chapter of Conscious Capitalism.
If there’s one place that positive change is alive and well, it’s the San Francisco Bay Area. In the spirit of putting transformation and purpose to work, we welcome you to our Conscious Capitalism community.
We exist to elevate humanity by bringing conscious business practices to the Bay Area. Our goal is to build a community of conscious companies that will light the way for the rest of the world to see that being a conscious business is not just a nice thing to do, but a serious competitive advantage. This goal is embedded in everything we do - creating community, holding events, sharing inspiration, and providing education and training for how to actually do the work of becoming a conscious company.
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Johanna Lyman is the founder and CEO of NextGen Orgs, a company devoted to making all organizations great places to work. She is a dynamic, energetic, Leadership and Business Development Coach, and Six Sigma Lean Professional (Green Belt) with impressive experience in implementing organization wide change strategies for both Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs. She is adept in combining coaching, training, and project leadership skills to help clients build dynamic, sustainable revenue growth while creating deep meaning with their work.
Johanna has an “impossible mission” to see world peace before she dies. She believes what Gandhi first said: to have peace in the world, we must first have peace in our hearts. And she knows from the first hand experience that led her to this work that we can’t have peace in our hearts if we’re miserable at work. In her spare time, Johanna is an avid hiker and paddler, a poet with a penchant for slam, wife to the best husband on the planet, and mom to a remarkable young woman who’s currently finding her way through the jungle of college.
Mmapeu “Woman Who Carries Ideas” Management Consulting
Dr. Johnson is CEO and Founder of Mmapeu Management Consulting, a national consulting firm committed to aligning mission, vision and values for social enterprises, philanthropic institutions, the social sector, triple bottom-line businesses, B Corps and tech companies. She is particularly interested in and committed to creating dynamic, sustainable and equitable models of market and community benefits. Since 1992, Dr. Johnson has consulted, facilitated and trained on strategic development; cultural capacity, diversity, inclusion and equity; organizational development, institutional capacity building, leadership development, collaboration and community engagement, program design, program evaluation and leadership development for almost 10,000 organizations and individuals.
Diane received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies (sociology, organizational behavior, management and non-profit studies) from Tufts University. Her dissertation focused on cross-sectoral leadership and collaboration between the business, government, social and community sectors. Dr. Johnson is also an ordained minister in the progressive Christian denomination of the United Church of Christ, focusing on the intersection of spirituality, social change and equity. She received her Masters in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
Over the past twenty years, Amit Raikar has trained and coached high-performers and leaders, led and managed teams, and developed a rich background in leadership development, communication, and behavior change. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and Tiny Habits © certified coach. Clients have included the following organizations or managers within: Ben and Jerry’s, Stanford Health Care, Tipping Point Community, Homeless Prenatal Program, WeWork, Galvanize, 10Power, and more.
Marketing Co-Chair (Strategy)
Brigette Iarrusso, International Speaker, Coach and Leadership Trainer.
Brigette is on fire about connecting and accelerating entrepreneurial leaders and change agents that are driven by more than just profit. She helps them to elevate their mindset, their strategy, and their leadership so that they can earn an abundant living while making a positive impact on people and planet.
She is particularly committed to helping coaches, consultants and service business leaders to attract more values-aligned clients and sell more with integrity and real social impact.
She helps businesses that are growing to create equitable and inclusive teams and a culture where diverse people can thrive and contribute their full value.
She has taught Entrepreneurial Leadership and designed business programs at UC Berkeley for over 8 years and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs around the world through her in-person and online training and speaking events.
Cheryl is the founder of Leading with Consciousness, certified coach, licensed psychotherapist, author and app-preneur.
Her life has included many adventures in consciousness studies, multi-national businesses, non-profit work and mental health work.
This has included in-house speaking, customer service consulting, leadership development, sexual harassment consulting and culture shifting, LGBTQ+ education, HIV prevention work, couples/relationship therapy, ADHD coaching and psychotherapy.
She is committed to contributing to the exciting movement and looks forward to witnessing the many ways conscious capitalism transforms and grows in the 21st century.
Marketing Co-Chair (Creative)
Leslie is a true creative partner. She loves to collaborate with her clients and the teams she brings together to serve them.
She developed her award-winning creative and strategic skills at J. Walter Thompson, McCann-Erickson, Doyle Dane Bernbach, and in a long-term relationship with the Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group.
Over the years, she has translated her experience into working with individuals, startups, and mature companies that pursue positive impacts.
WHY? She knows that purpose-centered people can make a difference, a huge one, for our people and planet. And she knows she can make a difference herself – with creative work that helps these companies grow their businesses from small to mighty.
HOW? As a creative director, she builds teams that create a distinct look, voice, and feeling, clearly reflecting each company’s benefits and values. She keeps the focus on the organization’s customers, on their concerns, dreams, and desires. Because most decisions to connect or buy are made emotionally.
South Bay Chair
Jennifer Britton, Special Advisor with the Public Sector consulting firm Management Partners, has served in six City Manager’s offices in her career including the cities of Shaker Heights, Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio as well as in the Bay Area cities of Belmont, Saratoga and Sunnyvale. Steeped in performance measurement, human services management, intergovernmental relations and HR, Jennifer also served in several leadership capacities in professional associations including President of the Municipal Management Assistants of Northern California (MMANC).
Adding to her public-sector experience, Jennifer has also spent the last 11 years as a leadership and executive coach and consultant to clients in the private and non-profit sectors including a period serving as Executive Director for a start-up non-profit educational institute in San Francisco where she assisted with early-round development in initiatives, curriculum development and strategic planning.
Jennifer is a certified, professional coach and has taken advanced-level leadership training coursework from three different entities including the Coaches Training Institute, the Conscious Leadership training program and Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) program.
On the lighter side, Jennifer has two children in their early twenties and spends time volunteering in spiritual communities, schools and is in the process of writing her first non-fiction book.
Advisory Board Chair
For 30+ years Tom has been working in the retail industry gaining proficiency in Operations, Management, Customer Experience, Product Supply, Talent Development, and Change Management. His career spans 4 decades in Department Stores and Grocery. Working in Leadership and Executive Development, he has led teams and organizations through mergers, acquisitions, bankruptcies, natural disasters, economic collapses, and recovery.
Achieving All Star status in two Fortune 100 companies, Tom continues to champion for Conscious Capitalism and Talent Development. As Diversity and Inclusion champion he attended both historically black and white universities in the US South. He serves internally as a D&I Consultant and Business Leader. Additionally, he advocates for minority groups and family recovery organizations in his local and global communities.
His academic background includes Liberal Arts and Organization Development degrees with a focus on Education. A certified Barrett CTT tools Consultant and Values Based Leadership Coach, he is currently exploring and studying integral development and recovery, supporting his ongoing goal towards servant leadership in our interdependent global communities.
Currently Tom is Learning and Development Coordinator at Whole Foods Market. There he designs, develops, and implements Conscious Leadership and Talent Development Programs based on the 4 Tenets of Conscious Capitalism and Values Based Leadership.
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